As families across Louisiana gear up for summer road trips, it is important to use caution on the road and to stay vigilant. As CNN reports, Memorial Day kicked off the "100 deadliest days" behind the wheel for teen drivers, which have seen more than 5,000 people killed in car crashes that involved teen drivers over this time period from 2010 to 2014.
As concussions in sports become a concern for parents across the nation deciding if they want their children to participate, it is worth knowing that Louisiana has laws on the books to help protect young athletes. According to The Advertiser, the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act was passed in 2011 and it established educational requirements for those involved in youth sports. Now, all officials, coaches, and staff, whether they are paid or volunteers, who are involved in youth sports for children between the ages of 7 and 17 to attend annual training on recognizing the symptoms of concussions.
Louisiana drivers who are concerned for their safety and the safety of those they love when faced with distracted drivers on the road should understand the state's laws on this topic. While 14 states around the nation have already banned the use of any cell phone in handheld mode by any driver, Louisiana has not according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Louisiana residents may have an infectious joy for life and a zest for celebrating but that does not negate the responsibility that every person who drives a motor vehicle has to act responsibly. People who make the choice to get behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle after consuming alcohol put themselves and countless other innocent people at risk. Just how big of a problem is drunk driving in Louisiana?
To some people in Louisiana, the image of a mail carrier walking down a neighborhood street carrying a bag of mail may harken back to past, more relaxed times. However, this is still a big part of many postal carriers' days as they often get out of their trucks and deliver letters or packages on foot and by hand. In the process, they have to navigate things like uneven pavement, lifted pieces of sidewalks and loose dogs.
Say that while driving your car in or around Lake Charles, you are struck by another driver who later was found to be intoxicated. He or she claims to have been at a bar who served him or her enough drinks to logically assume that he or she was too intoxicated to drive. On top of seeking compensation from the driver and his or her insurance company, can you also go after the establishment whose service contributed to getting him or her drunk for negligence?
Louisiana residents in any type of standard passenger vehicle who find themselves on the road next to a semi truck or other large vehicle know how incredibly vulnerable one can feel when in such proximity to these big rigs. The sheer size and weight of tractor trailers and many other commercial vehicles can make the impact of an accident more severe than if it involved smaller vehicles.
Louisiana residents who take care to drive safely and defensively have good reason to feel frustrated with those drivers who choose to make dangerous choices. Whether a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, sends or reads text messages while driving or drives at excessive speeds, the end result can be the same. Innocent people are put in harm's way and too often are injured or even killed because of it.
Louisiana residents may appreciate their state's zest for life and celebrations but they nonetheless deserve and want to know that they are safe when on the road. Sadly, when drivers make the choice to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheels of their vehicles, the safety of others takes a hit. Despite strong public awareness, drunk driving continues to cause heartache in Louisiana.
Louisiana residents who are concerned about vehicle accidents have good reason for their concerns. While accidents are in fact a part of life, newly released data indicates that the number of people dying on roads all across America has increased at a dangerous rate in the past couple of years. Injury accidents are also a significant problem.